In the last two weeks I’ve had about 10 people ask me “what are the best marketing conferences?”
It must be that time of year when we start to plan out which marketing events we want to attend.
Getting out of the office allows us to learn from some of the most innovative minds in our industry, and provides a great opportunity for learning and networking that can pay dividends for years to come.
I have done this list for the past few years. I did a curated list of best marketing events in 2013 based on inputs from people I asked across a few social networks.
I even invited people to rank which marketing conferences in 2014 they thought would be the best marketing events in the coming year.
I know I missed a few each time. Our perspectives are always a little biased. The opinions of my connections are skewed certainly towards content marketing, a little towards B2B Marketing and most definitely towards digital marketing that attracts an audience (vs. buying it!)
I don’t think any approach is perfect. So this year, I am going to provide a list of events that I have heard good things about, or I know people who are speaking there, or I know people who want to go to them. I know I won’t get them all, so please provide your feedback in the comments below!
Without any further ado, here is:
The Best Marketing Conferences Of 2015
Social Media Strategies Summits February 10-12 in Las Vegas, NV. This conference is billed as the leading conference on social media . With dates in Chicago (April 28-30) and New York (June 9-10.)
Content 2 Conversion is in Scottsdale, AZ from Feb 16-18. This is a great event focusing on B2B Marketing, Content Marketing and Demand Generation. Join me there (NewsCred is a sponsor and I am speaking!)
Adobe Summit is in Salt Lake City, UT from March 9-13 and grabs nearly 5,000 marketers to discuss marketing analytics, digital, social, mobile and web marketing techniques. I have never been but always heard great things.
SXSW Interactive is March 13-17 in Austin, TX (the film and music festivals continue through the 22nd.) I may be going if I’m lucky. Let me know if you’ll be there?
Social Media Marketing World in San Diego, CA from March 25-27 also bills itself as “the world’s largest social media conference.” I’ve never been but have always heard great things.
Search Engine Strategies Summit is now ClickZ Live Check for dates and locations starting with London, (February) Jakarta, Miami, New York, (all in March) Shanghai, (May) Toronto, (June) San Francisco (August) and Chicago (November).
Forrester Forum for Marketing Leadership April 14th in New York. This has always been highly rated as one of the top events for senior marketing people. They also have dates in China, London, and Sydney.
World Social Marketing Conference in Sydney, Australia April 19-21 brings some of the top minds from around the world together in the land down under to talk about marketing, social media and digital.
Gartner Digital Marketing Conference May 5-7 in San Diego, CA is definitely targeting more senior marketers too who are looking for help in the digital marketing and technology landscape. The focus of this year’s event is on driving results with marketing data, setting up an effective marketing organization and managing the customer experience. Three of the biggest marketing trends for 2015.
Sirius Decisions Summit May 12-15 in Nashville, TN. This is the 10th annual Sirius Decisions Summit. I attended in 2013 and it was an amazing learning and networking experience, especially for any B2B marketer.
Ad:Tech Digital Marketing Conference is May 20-21 in San Francisco, CA and will bring together all the best minds on marketing, technology, media and advertising.
Business Marketing Association National Conference is held from May 27-29 in Chicago, IL. This event will bring nearly 1,000 marketers together who will speak directly to the challenges specific to B2B marketers.
Content Marketing World is in Cleveland, OH September 8-11 this year and they expect as many as 3,500 people at this 5th annual Content Marketing World. From the first time I attended, I knew these were my people. Joe Pulizzi and his team put on one of the best conferences in marketing, anywhere in the world. Come join me for my 4th year attending! (NewsCred is sponsoring and I am speaking!) If you can attend only one or two events this year, this should be on your short list.
Brand ManageCamp September 18-19 in Las Vegas, NV. I attended this event for the first three years and the team at Brand ManageCamp always put on a great show.
ANA: Master of Marketing Conference October 14-16 in Orlando, FL has rapidly become one of the must-attend events for any senior marketer.
MarketingProfs B2B Forum: October 20-23 in Boston, MA. I have met so many people at this event over the years who have literally helped take my marketing career in the right direction. I owe so much to Ann Handley and her amazing team at MarkegtingProfs, that I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am for the learning the connections and the support. This is a must-attend event for B2B Marketing professionals.
And finally, if you haven’t heard about the NewsCred Content Marketing Summit (link will be updated soon) on May 13th and 14th, mark that dates on your calendar and I’ll provide an update here soon.